Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that the Honorable Martin G. Cronin, J.S.C., sentenced Robert Claybrook, 31, of Orange to 14 years in state prison for stabbing his former girlfriend with a 12” butcher’s knife.
On September 16, 2011, the victim was found lying in the street near Linden Avenue in Bloomfield with severe stab wounds on her head, hands, face, upper torso and rear thigh. The victim identified Claybrook to police at the scene.
Claybrook pleaded guilty to 1st degree attempted murder and 2nd degree aggravated assault. Under the No Early Release Act (NERA), Claybrook must serve a mandatory 85 percent of his 14-year sentence before he is eligible for parole.
The victim’s name is being withheld for privacy reasons.